Senior Fellowships

A Senior Fellowship is for post-doctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate the ambition and potential to be a leader in their research field at the end of the award.

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Applicants will have an established track record in an area of dementia or related neurodegenerative research as evidenced by publications, collaborations or other grant funding (either as a co-applicant or principal applicant). 

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer's Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research. 

Alzheimer's Society Fellows will be supported in their career development by a number of additional initiatives being developed and rolled out as part of the Dementia Research Leaders programme. 


Applicants may apply for direct research costs up to £400,000 to support their research.

This can include:

  • Salary for the fellow
  • Materials and consumables
  • Technician/research assistant/administrative support
  • ¬£1,000 per year towards conferences and training

The Fellowship can include a period of up to 12 months in another institute anywhere in the world. The funding is available for four years full-time or five years part-time. 


  • Applicants should be a minimum of five years from the date of PhD viva.¬†
  • It is recognised that in some non-biomedical fields of research, a PhD has not been commonly supported. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a PhD, but with an equivalent track record and duration of research and other qualifications should contact the research office to discuss if they might be eligible to apply for the scheme. ¬†
  • Applicants should not already be in open-ended, university-funded posts (i.e. university lecturer).¬†
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • The host institution must be in the UK.¬†

The candidate should demonstrate:

  • sustained track record and demonstration of delivering high-quality and respected research and impact
  • ability to be an independent researcher, and able to lead and train others
  • knowledge of research outside their immediate area of interest, as well as an aptitude for identifying and engaging in new and multi-disciplinary research and debate
  • willingness to be an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and for dementia research more generally

Of importance, applications will be assessed on the richness of the training environment and the quality and relevance of the project.


Applications can be made for research projects which fit within our funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

How to apply

All applications which fulfil the eligibility criteria will be scientifically peer-reviewed and lay reviewed by research network volunteers.  These reviews along with the application will then be considered by our Grant Advisory Boards. Feedback is provided to all applicants.

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Any questions?

Please contact our grants team at [email protected]

Previous outcomes

 Year No of applications received  No of awards made
2019-20  8  0 (0%)
 2018-19  13  1 (8%)
 2017-18  12  0 (0%)
 2016-17  17  2 (12%)
 2015-16  13  2 (15%) 
 2014-15   7  4 (57%)